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Post 56
Recent Post from one of our readers - 17/04/2017
Name: Debbie Bell
Facebook: Cynthia Law
Message:
Play Script

Calvary greetings to Yuh all, please I need a drama script on this topic The Full Amour from Romans 13:12

Peter's response:

Hi Cynthia,
I'm afraid I can't help you directly as I'm not aware of any such play scripts.
I'll post your enquiry in the #Advice section of www.dramagroups.com and ask people to get in touch with you via your FB page if they can help.

Peter

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Post 55
Recent Post from one of our readers - 01/02/2017
Name: Debbie Bell
email address: deborah.bell16@btinternet.com - Click here
Message:
Scenery Painting

Hi!
I have recently been involved in scenery painting with our local Am Dram group here in East Yorkshire. My friend and I ( we are amateur artists) think we made a decent job of it, but would like to undertake a course to improve, if one exists for the likes of us!
Regards,
Debbie

Peter's response:

Hi Debbie,

I'm afraid you've stumped me, I don't know of any such courses. Ill place an entry for you in the #Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages and ask people to contact you directly if they can help.

I hope you get some good advice. Do let me know how you get on.

Best Regards,

Peter

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Post 54
Recent Post from one of our readers - 02/05/2016
Name: Lorna Baillie
email address: durhamdalesfopa@gmail.com - Click here
Message:
SUSPICIOUS CONTACT
I wondered if anyone else has been receiving similar emails to the following:-

I came across your email address at (http://www.dramagroups.com/) and I would so much like us to be friends. I have something important to discuss with you.

Cheers.?


I have received more than one, and identical to the above, from apparently different people.
Thank you.
Kind regards,
Lorna Baillie
Director
Durham Dales Festival of Performing Arts

Peter's response:

Hi Lorna,
Im sorry you have been bothered with spam email, please rest assured that it is nothing to do with www.dramagroups.com. We would not email such a thing to you and would not / have not released email addresses to anyone. The only way that these people could have picked up your email address is by trawling the www.dramagroups.com website. If you would like me to remove your email address from our website just let me know and Ill take it down.

It is unfortunate that people abuse the email system in this way as it is the easiest way for genuine people to get in touch if they do not use social media.

Ill put your comments up in our #Advice section along with my reply and ask our visitors for comments.

Best Regards,

Peter

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Post 53
Recent Post from one of our readers - 19/04/2016
Name: Kay Morland
email address: kay.morland@hotmail.com - Click here
Message:
Scenery for Pantomimes
Hello Drama Groups

My name is Kay and I am a set designer. With many years experience in the industry I am about to start out on my own, and I am doing some market research. I have a history acting in Amateur Dramatic groups and I have an idea that could help groups all around the country.

So my idea is this...


I would like to make a panto set, the set will consist of all the standard scenes, the village scene, the forest scene, castle interior and exterior etc, whatever your company needs I can provide.
The set will be made of an extremely light weight material and of course abide by all of the current scenic health and safety standards. The idea is that the entire set can fold down and fit easily into the back of an ordinary car. It will be easy to reconstruct the other end and also very versatile e.g. double sided flats.
I understand that a lot of Am Dram groups have a very extensive back stage support network and often produce their own scenery, certainly if the group has a storage facility to keep and recycle sets from other shows. However a lot of groups do not have the luxury of storage, or people who are willing to build and construct large items in their own homes, no matter how keen they may be to make their own sets, it is not always possible.
I want to encourage artistic people in groups to get involved and so there can be personalised elements to all of my sets that can be made and painted by members of the group. Such as the sign on the Inn or the name of Twankys laundrette or even a bush shaped like Shirley Bassy . I certainly do not want any local pantomime to loose its personal touch, I only want to take some of stress out of producing a large show, giving even the smallest group the opportunity to put on a show that is of a beautiful and professional standard.
For the hire of an entire set, which would include 4 large flats of your choice of decoration, each of which would be double sided giving your group 8 elements to use in any why you need (the sides are interchangeable) the hire cost would be 600 for 3 weeks (to cover your tech and dress and 2 weekends of performances) and you would need to collect the set from my workshop Bassingbourn near to Royston in Hertfordshire. the set can be delivered but at an appropriate cost to your location.
What I want to know from you is:
Do you think it's a good idea?
Is it something that you think your group would be interested in hiring?
what could I do to make the idea better for Your group?
have I got the price right? would it be in keeping with your scenic budget for your pantos?
I would really welcome any input that you have. It is very hard to keep the scenic industry going especially when there is such a large amount of people in the industry willing to work for free. I know so many extremely talented people who cannot get work because of this and end up leaving the industry for financial reasons. I want talented artists to have the opportunity to reach their potentials and develop their skills. I'm really hoping that you will be able to give me some feedback that helps me so that I can help others.

Kind Regards
Kay Morland

PS. Here are some photos of my past work, not all for panto, I make props as well. The Westie is a prop who pees on the audience he is also available for hire ?

Peter's response:

Hi Kay,
Thanks for your email, Ive been pondering how to respond.

I think the best thing would be for me to place your email in our #Advice section asking people to contact you directly with their thoughts.

Once you have completed your research and are ready to start your business contact me again and we can arrange a space for you in our #PropSwap section where you will be able to advertise your services. There will be no charge all I ask is that you place a link to www.dramagroups.com on your own website and that you Like and Follow us on social media.

Best Wishes

Peter

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Post 52
Recent Post from one of our readers - 05/04/2016
Name: Matthew Smith
email address: Matthew@peterborougharena.com - Click here
Message:
Hello,

I sit on the committee of our local am dram society and we were wondering what other societies did for a bit of press? Or what sources do people use to promote themselves? Do people find social media works? We utilise this for our pantomimes with our own hashtag and have recently ventured into twitter and Instagram too. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Kindest Regards,

Matthew Smith BSc.

Peter's response:

Hi Matthew,

An interesting subject and one which vexes the mind of most amateur and professional theatre groups I would imagine. Certainly in my own group we have frequent discussions about how we can make our advertising budget go further and produce more results, as in bigger audiences.

The www.dramagroups.com website is my attempt to help amateur groups publicise themselves and their events. Drama Groups has a website and we use social media to try to drive audience to that website. There are many other websites like ours that try to operate in the same manner.

Certainly it seems to me that amateur groups have to operate in a professional manner when it comes to advertising themselves and their events. Its no longer enough to rely on previous audiences or posting flyers on the notice boards of local shops as we all used to do. These days we all have to get technical and have a presence on the web and in social media with professional advertising flyers, posters, video and sound clips. We have to engage with our audience and compete with the million and one other things there is on offer to fill their leisure time.

I will place your email in our #Advice section and I hope others will see it and add their comments. I for one will be very interested to see the replies.

Best Wishes

Peter

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Post 51
Recent Post from one of our readers - 10/03/2016
Name: Aisling Swift
email address: via Facebook
Message:
Hello, I am after a bit of advice. I have been asked to direct a 10 minute excerpt from Bouncers and one from Shakers for a variety show. And just not sure on which scenes would be best as stand alone performances. Any help/suggestions greatly received.

Peter's response:

Hi Aisling,
Not sure I can help you personally as I don't have a great deal of exposure to either of these plays. I'll put your request up on www.dramagroups.com in the #Advice section and ask people to contact you directly via FB with any suggestions.
Hope it all works out do let me know how you get on.
Best Wishes

Peter

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Post 50
Recent Post from one of our readers - 28/02/2016
Name: Jordan Barnes
email address: via Facebook
Message:
Hello I'm after some advice please, i am directing a show this year with some amazing young children but can't find any musicals we cn afford to perform? is it possible to get show rights to a show for under 100?

Peter's response:

Hi Jordan,
I'm not sure that I know the answer to that question. Normally licences are issued in respect of the number of performances, the size of the audience and the ticket price. There are some authors who if you approach them directly are happy to offer scripts/scores free of royalty just to get their 'baby' in front of an audience and to get some free publicity. I'll post your question on the www.dramagroups.com #Advice column and ask people to contact you directly if they can help. In the meantime why not have a look at our #Scripts section, there are some authors offering royalty free scripts listed there.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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